What: Regional Solutions Centers (RSCs) are places for state agencies to collaborate with each other, local governments, and with other public, private, and civic interests to solve problems and seize opportunities. Regional Advisory Committees, made up of Oregonians appointed by the Governor from business, civic organizations, government, foundations, and higher education, identify priorities to guide the work in each of the ten regions. The committees also help connect resources from the community to expand the state’s collective capacity to solve problems and seize opportunities. Initially, RSCs focus on completing priority projects to bring new jobs or retain existing ones.
Why: Governor Kitzhaber believes that to rebuild Oregon’s economy, all of us—public, private, and civic partners—must work together. The state can no longer afford single objective investing. The RSCs allow regional leaders and citizens to leverage all available funding to complete the highest priority projects.
Where: Centers are located at universities in Bend, Medford, Eugene, Portland, Tillamook, and La Grande. Satellite offices will be in Salem, The Dalles, Klamath Falls, and Coos Bay.
Who: RSCs are staffed by Regional Solutions Teams composed of a representative from each of five state agencies: the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), the Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Department of Housing and Community Services (OHCS), and the Business Development Department (OBDD). Other state agencies are added to the teams as needed for regional priorities. The teams are led by a Regional Coordinator who represents the Governor as a catalyst for action in each region. State agency directors meet regularly with the Governor to review and evaluate the RSCs’ work based on the number of projects completed.
How: RSCs complete projects addressing the priorities identified by the Regional Solutions Committees. Team members collaborate with each other, local officials, private citizens, and with other organizations to effectively complete projects. RSCs are also part of the Oregon Solutions Network which links them with the State’s dispute resolution program, Oregon Consensus, and the State’s collaborative implementation program, Oregon Solutions. For each regional priority, the coordinator develops a work plan including objectives, expected outcomes, agency involvement, targets, and milestones. Through collaboration, efficient communication, and strategic action, the RSCs work to achieve Oregon’s most important economic and community objectives.